Software Failure or 2010 Problem!

The New Year 2010 starts with a no good surprise not only for system administrators but also for many European Banks customers. Many cardholders were not able to use cash machines or make payments via terminals. The problem was caused by vulnerability in the software chips installed with ATMs.

Bugs corrupted not only ATM software but also a different number of software vendors, the first error was noticed in the spam filtering program SpamAssassin. This is due to a default rule FH_DATE_PAST_20XX which made all messages marked as spam and been stored in the junk folder.

Security software company Symantec has faced also some problems in 2010 and released a bulletin that reports a bug in the Symantec Endpoint Protection Manager (SEPM) server. This error in the system does not allow customer to install updates that were released after 31/12/2009 so users were defenseless against new malwares. On a Blog post Symantec stated that they are working on a solution and will update customers when a solution becomes available.

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